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Iowa officials back pork trade deal on trip to Asia

By Staff | Jun 9, 2011

DES MOINES (AP) – Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said members of a trade delegation to Asia delivered letters of support for a proposed free trade agreement during their first stop in South Korea.

In a conference call Wednesday with reporters, Reynolds explained the letters were signed by Gov. Terry Branstad and other governors urging support for the deal.

Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey said he spoke with South Korean livestock officials about a disease outbreak in that country that could lead to increased demand for Iowa pork products. Durham says she visited two companies that could lead to opening operations in Iowa.

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